The Fashion World Celebrates Karl Lagerfeld’s Legacy

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Some of the biggest names in the fashion, business, entertainment, and art worlds gathered at the Grand Palais on June 20 to celebrate the life and legacy of Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February. To honor the former creative director of Chanel of over 30 years, the house’s president, Bruno Pavlovsky, and CEO, Alain Wertheimer, were in attendance. Other figures in the upper echelons of the industry such as LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault, LVMH chairman Sidney Toledano, and Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault were present, among notable editors, models, and collaborators.

Organized by the houses of Chanel, Fendi, and Karl Lagerfeld, the event memorialized the designer through a series of video recordings from Lagerfeld’s friends, muses, and colleagues, in addition to several of his most memorable shows. Live performances included a recitation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” done by Tilda Swinton, a reading of a French poem by Cara Delevingne dedicated to Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette, and a musical performance by Pharrell, and a piano number by Lang Lang played on a Steinway piano that Lagerfeld designed himself.

Among all of the guests, Lagerfeld’s presence loomed large. The celebration of the renowned designer featured supersized portraits of Lagerfeld that lined the vast venue, which has hosted many of Chanel’s iconic shows since 2005. The ceremony began with a video of Lagerfeld interviewing himself.

Carine, a longtime friend and collaborator, attended the tribute and was among those included in the recorded remarks. “He has always been there to protect me and I miss him so much,” she said at the event.

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